Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu Protection Advice

Hello everybody,

The world is in the grip of its own terror with the threat of a pandemic flu strain sweeping across the globe.

Now is a great time to take account of your efforts to be well and ramp up those activities.

Take note that we have a particularly nasty flu bug that has originated in a small crowded country where the socio economic status of many is very very low, in fact as many as 50% of the 109,000,000 live in povertyand 70% live in crowded urban areas. Hygiene may be an issue on a community level and many of the people are in close contact with live animals. This nasty bug has probably been incubating for 10 -12 days before anyone showed symptoms and been passed around very freely in the meantime, via sniffly noses, sneezes, coughs and contact with critters.

As a result we have 1500+ diagnosed and 150+ dead in Mexico. What we are not hearing is the health status of those who have unfortunately been unable to survive the illness. Were they old, compromised immunity or otherwise susceptable somehow? Considering the alledged virility of this bug and the conditions, one would expect that more than 0.000014% of the people would be sick at this point.

Here in Australia, there are different flu viruses predicted to breach our shores every year (2008 A type, but B type turned up instead). Each year biotech companies create new vacines to combat the expected 'attack' and the medical system goes into promo mode talking up the risk and encouraging the flu vacine be administered wholesale in the community.

Yet each year people get diagnosed with a flu, the immune compromised and elderly die in significant numbers. In NSW in 2008 we had nearly 6000 people turn up in emergency departments with Flu like illness, with an approximate of 2000 diagnosed through testing as having A or B influenza strains.

In 2008 the rate of deaths attributed to flu or pneumonia at around 150 per 1000 deaths during flu season. Now with a massive 0.0003% of our states population sick with the flu and many dying as a result we would expect panic in the streets and media exposes on the epidemic illness.
Yet, we do not and most of us do not know about it at all and do not get sick. Like the bird flu of just a few years ago this will be contained,healthy people will stay healthy and sick people, it would seem, will be sicker.

Many billions of dollars will have been made and lost inbiotech and stock trading.

The best protection from Swine Flu;


Medical science struggles to enhance immune function, yet there are so many herbal medicines from every culture that effectively can do this.

Go to your herbalist / naturopath and ask for such a remedy. Get into the various super foods that are readily available and boost the protection systems of the body with the real solution, functional nutrition.

Hydrate that body of yours!

Stop eating rubbish!

Stop drinking toxic beverages!

Move about and exercise!

There are nearly 109M people in Mexico, the epicentre of the flu pandemic who are not sick as yet after full exposure for probably close to a month. The protection we need to adhere to is our healing systems, our mind set and our nutrition. To stay in front of every illness, cold to cancer,this is the protection you seek.

So go forth friends and do something about it today. Sitting in fear waiting to see what happens is not a solution.

Joy, Health & Prosperity

Andrew Fenwick
Health and Wellness Educator
Medical Herbalist
EFT - ADV Practitioner

Monday, April 20, 2009

Unlocking Natural Health

When we think of the words "Natural Health" many think hippies and herbs.

Yes to a degree you would be right in making that association, however,it is only because the alternative minded folk have been advocating thebenefits of herbal medicines, homoeopathy, massage, yoga etc for a longtime.I recently heard Bob Proctor, famous personal development coach andfeatured teacher in "The Secret", say, if 98% of people are going oneway, follow the 2%.

I suppose the lesson there is that the minority of people actually,deliberately think inderpendently of the masses. Questioning the validity of mainstream dogma before following blindly.I guess for a long time I have been one of the 2%. At a recent primaryschool reunion my 6th class teacher certainly seemed to think so !

As a result of that style of thinking I have uncovered many things thatare highly logical, very simple and in line with the natural intentionof the body, that when applied to every day living accelerate us into a state of health that maybe was thought to be out of reach.In the foreward of a book i am reading Murray Rose an Olympic Swimming legend writes; the short list of habits affecting our health, I subscribe to the following order of priority:

1. the thoughts we think

2. the depth of breath we take

3. the water we drink

4. the food we eat

5. the quality of the exercise

I have to agree with murray on this, yet all the hype is on the food and exercise. Even worse the main focus appears to be on the exercise, likegoing to the gym will make you healthy.

Well, sorry for the bad news, it will make you stronger and fitter, not healthier so much. Natural health is about living in accordance with the naturalrequirements of the body, allowing the body to maintain balance and healing at its optimum levels. Like every other creature on this lovely blue planet we share, we, the human, originally were equipped with what we needed to survive in our environment as it was. We were also equipped with more than our fairshare of intelligence it would seem.With this intelligence we managed to speed into a situation far removed from our natural adaptations, leading to all sorts of nasty businessthat i prefer not to go on about too much.

Just think pollution,chemicals in food, climate change, and premature death from life style related illness and other similar stuff. The point is; we can not adapt and certainly not evolve to cope with themassive changes that have occurred in the last three generations of our modern mankind. Evolution take millions of years, adaptation 100s of1000s. Remains of humans dating back 60,000 years are just like us. Yet they had no processed foods, fertilised foods, agriculture,information stress, "the Jones'" to keep up with, medicine, guns, bombs, instant living blah blah that we are subjected to daily.

Yeah there would have been a down side to the way they lived, however it would have been a whole lot simpler. Natural health in our modern day is about working with the body to let it do its best, that is it in a nut shell. It is not hard or complex. Infact it is easier then chasing illnesses with questionable drugs and tests. How we think, breathe, drink, eat and move can be enhanced with gentle therapies and herbs to create amazing improvements. It is not just for hippies, it is the way of the future.

All the best till next time

Andrew Fenwick
Health and Wellness Coach
Newcastle Australia